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THE WINNER
THE WINNER
hotpasta


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study XIV (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Flemington Racecourse Melbourne, Australia
Date: Oct 6, 2006
Aperture: F 4
ISO: 280
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Oct 7, 2006

Found an opening in the fence near the finish line and got a good vantage spot as I followed the horses coming towards me in the straight...

basic editing with some dodge and burn and desat to add some age...healed out some seagulls that looked like sensor dust...cropping, border etc...

POST CHALLENGE:
I had higher expectations about this image. I was hoping for a 7.XXXX. I guess 14th out of over 600 images is a great result. It's my second best score to date.

Thanks everyone for the great comments.


Statistics
Place: 14 out of 625
Avg (all users): 6.9200
Avg (commenters): 8.1600
Avg (participants): 6.9310
Avg (non-participants): 6.8667
Views since voting: 2774
Views during voting: 299
Votes: 175
Comments: 45
Favorites: 14 (view)


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03/13/2007 03:23:33 PM
This is a real poster shot. Excellent
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01/10/2007 03:16:41 PM
I love the pic Enzo. The fury of the race is well portrayed.
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01/04/2007 02:38:59 PM
Great action shot. I'm torn over the partial desaturation, personally I like it, but some viewers seem to see it as overall haze. Maybe you could bump red back up to counter that and emphasize the winner. Wonderful image.
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12/29/2006 07:25:42 AM
fantastic shot, cant believe it didn't get higher. great pp as well, adding this to favs

Jack
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12/29/2006 02:06:28 AM
YEAH!!!... This is passion!!
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12/11/2006 01:58:39 AM
I love the partial desat... gives it a vintage look!
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12/09/2006 12:30:12 AM
Wonderful image.......sometimes everything just comes together and it certainly has here. Congrats on this.
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11/23/2006 05:39:39 AM
This picture has inspired me to ask my wife for a day off from the kids and home on the next beautiful day to go to the races and give this a go. I love this image Enzo - the colors, the clarity, the captured action - all top notch.
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11/17/2006 12:38:06 PM
I've been shooting jockeys for about 4 years in hte NYC area, and this is one of the best racing shots I've ever seen. I particularly like that it's a turf race... but the action is flawless, the lighting is beautiful, and the composition is exquisite as well. truly outstanding.
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11/14/2006 06:09:09 PM
I never mentioned how much I love this shot. I'm a huge, huge fan of slight desaturation, and the action in this shot just puts it over the top for me. I too was hoping you'd get a 7+, top-5 (at least) for this, but as you said 14 out of 618 is a lot to be proud of.

This is a fantastic shot Enzo!
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11/09/2006 02:50:08 PM
This is exquisite! It reminds me of racing paintings I have seen. Just WOW!
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11/09/2006 01:28:09 PM
Great shot. Congrats on your high finish!
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11/08/2006 08:51:32 PM
Love it. The high voltage action appears to go on even when so well frozen. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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11/08/2006 12:55:46 PM
coolness. truly.
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11/08/2006 12:41:20 PM
Enzo, your horse pictures are REALLY REALLY GOOD!! Congratulations on your top 20!
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11/08/2006 03:39:17 AM
Congrats on your top20 finish, Enzo. Very nice color processing u did here.
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11/08/2006 01:26:52 AM
Oh Enzo! You outdid yourself on this one! WOW! This is awesome! Mega Congratulations on an awe inspiring photo!
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11/08/2006 01:12:28 AM
Well done Enzo. I wondered if this was taken at the spring carnival, should have figured it was you.

Beautifull colours, you have got to get this printed.

Cheers
nick
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2006 07:09:07 PM
Really Outstanding Work!
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11/07/2006 03:55:22 PM
Excellent work! Can't see much room for improvement. Should do extremely well. A top "winner" for sure!
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11/07/2006 03:42:08 PM
a great shot
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11/07/2006 08:51:46 AM
Beautiful action shot, I really like the tuned down color...very well done.
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11/07/2006 03:04:16 AM
I like the PP... it has an antique feel. The stop action is a 10.
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11/06/2006 09:27:10 PM
Remarkable photo. Especially nice moment. 9.
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11/05/2006 10:23:04 PM
An arresting stop motion capture that brings home all the excitement. 8
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11/04/2006 10:15:15 AM
Sport photography at its best. Great capture and very nice toning.
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11/03/2006 10:32:47 PM
Good picture, what's up with the obnoxious border? Like the muted tone sin this.
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11/03/2006 08:54:14 PM
I love the slightly muted tones of this photo. Makes it feel like a magazine print or a postcard. Great capture of a great moment.
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11/03/2006 02:49:08 PM
Nice comp. and processing. Good timing with the whip in the air.
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11/03/2006 02:23:19 PM
great action shot, really captures the feel of a race. The reds feel a little muted though. The border i think would have been better off as equal all the way round rather than wider at the top and bottom.
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11/03/2006 02:07:00 PM
Excellent! Love the look and feel of this, almost vintage but still very modern at ths same time. Wonderful composition and light.
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11/03/2006 12:17:59 PM
I like the composition and the colours.
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11/03/2006 11:19:13 AM
I think so to! 10
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11/03/2006 07:31:26 AM
Top shot here.....
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11/02/2006 09:22:04 PM
Excellent point of view and dof.
Love the post-processing on this too.
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11/02/2006 09:14:22 PM
The more I look at the slight desaturation, the more I like it. It's something a little different and it seems to make the colors of the jockey uniforms more appealing to me.
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11/02/2006 07:29:29 PM
i love the muted colours here.
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11/02/2006 03:18:35 PM
what a shot. bring on the melbourne cup.
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11/02/2006 10:23:21 AM
i love this colorful desat look.
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11/02/2006 07:01:48 AM
Neat shot. (not including in voting, just as a side comment) I think you should try selective desat on the photo I think you will like the outcome..
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11/02/2006 12:21:51 AM
great sports capture, but it feels overprocessed.
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11/01/2006 04:09:06 PM
could be! great shot
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11/01/2006 01:02:32 PM
While I would have liked to seen more space at the top, it's still an outstanding capture
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11/01/2006 11:51:43 AM
Terrific, like everything about this. 10
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11/01/2006 08:19:50 AM
Sharp shot, great action capture.
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